By Anne Cacherell
May 15, 2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day. On this day, people from all over the world celebrate the importance of biodiversity and recognize the international conservation efforts to protect 40% of the world’s species that are at risk of extinction and losing their habitats.
In line with this, here are 7 endangered species of wild animals and their success stories in getting a second chance at life.
#1) Wood Storks
After 3 decades of conservation efforts, these large American wading birds have doubled their population and are no longer in the list of endangered species.
#2) Humpback Whales
After a 45-year ban on commercial whaling and vigorous conservation effort, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have proposed removing this specie off the list.
#3) Orphaned Elephants
The successful rehabilitation of orphaned elephants in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park would not be possible without the initiative of Dr. Daphne Sheldrick, who developed and perfected the special milk formula to nurse infant elephants.
#4) Galapagos Giant Tortoise
This specie got a new chance to life after conservationists successfully cleared off Pinzon Island of invasive and voracious black rats that nearly wiped out all animals on that region.
#5) Giant Panda
The population of one of the world’s most beloved animals and the rarest member of the bear family has grown by 16.8% or has increased by 268 according to the latest panda survey. Thanks to China’s preservation actions to save these adorable creatures.
#6) Yangtze Finless Porpoises
Declared rare in 2006, conservationists have released 4 finless porpoises – part of an estimated population of just over 1000 – to a new secure habitat to boost the species’ genetic diversity and to mark the start of an ambitious campaign to save them from extinction.
#7) Jefferson Salamanders
These nocturnal animals are facing imminent extirpation due to habitat loss and degradation caused by urban development. On the bright side, a city in Canada helps recover these salamanders by closing a road through their habitat for 2 months during their migration period.
It is sad to know that these animals face extinction primarily because of human activities that drive habitat loss. What do you think you can do on your end to help protect these endangered creatures? What small actions can you do every day to save these animals from extinction? Share with us your suggestions.